Mennonites wrapped up their poor outing of the weekend losing 9-75 to Strathmore University on Sunday, a day after going down 0-83 to Masaku Sparks in women’s Premier League.
The results could be an indicator of the deep troubles the club is going through. Recently, Kenya Basketball Federation confirmed that Mennonite owed them up to Sh. 90, 000 in league fees.
Their male counterparts failed to honor the match against Umoja who were awarded a 20-0 walkover win.
On Sunday, Strathmore continued from where Masaku left off on Saturday restricting Mennonites to a low scoring game. Sherry Ngina scored the only free throw for Mennonites in first quarter that Strathmore won 21-1.
In second quarter, Ayan Azama made two 3-point shots as they lost 6-23 and could not score in third quarter that ended 13-0 in Strathmore’s favour. Mennonites scored only a basket in fourth quarter from Jane Maina which Strathmore won 18-2.
The absence of their leading scorer from first leg Rachael Kibwana could have contributed highly to their poor performance by Mennonites in the two games.
Mollete Achieng called the shots for Strathmore scoring a game high 34 points. Strathmore had 18 points scored from the three-point line and seven from free shots.
Masaku who are gunning for the title in their maiden season upset a seasoned team on Sunday. After beating Sprite Storms 49-33 a week ago, Masaku claimed the scalp of Co-Operative Bank who were last season’s playoffs semifinalists winning 70-36 in a show of dominance.
So strong was Masaku that they rested their key players Silalei Shani, Betty Kananu, Pamela Sinda, Michelle Otinda and Hilda Ndegwa for the better part of second half. Co-op Bank put up their best foot forward but were unable to stop Masaku’s onslaught.
Kananu opened scoring for Masaku immediately after tip off with a basket but Vivian Akinyi replied for the bankers to level after two minutes of play in first quarter. Masaku then restricted the bankers to a scoreless run for more than five minutes to extend the lead 12-4.
They won the quarter 14-8 and the second 16-13 to lead 30-21 at halftime.
Masaku fielded reserve players
Despite fielding most of their reserve players in second half, Masaku was not weakened winning third and fourth quarters 23-11 and 17-4. Kananu scored 16 of the 30 points for Masaku in the first half to finish with a game high 27 points. Beryl Akoth led scoring for the bankers with 8 points.
In another match, Equity Bank beat Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) 56-17 with Gertrude Sagala scoring 11 points and Samba Mjomba adding 10. Elizabeth Waliuba scored highest for KCA-U with 8 points.
United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) scored 36 points from the three-point line to beat Kenyatta University Oryx 85-38. Cynthia Irankunda was the highest scorer for USIU-A sinking four three-pointers to finish with 25 points. Berine Akoth was Oryx’s top scorer with 12.
USIU-A was dominant in all quarters winning 22-12, 27-7, 18-12 and 23-7.
Strathmore University’s two men’s teams recorded mixed results. Blades beat Terror 70-46 with Reuben Muraya scoring 13 points and Peter Shilton together with George Okoth adding 11 each. Collins Ochieng scored 20 points for Terror.
It was not so lucky for Strathmore University who lost 44-60 to Nairobi City Thunder. Griffin Ligare scored seven points in first quarter they lost 8-20 to top score for Thunder with 23 points. He made 12 free shots. Robert Hope scored 16 points for Strathmore.
Thunder still trailed Strathmore 22-25 at halftime despite winning second quarter 14-5 but came out strongly in second half. They won third and fourth quarters 21-12 and 17-7 for the comeback victory.
Thunder scored 18 points from the arc and 16 from free shots while Strathmore made seven free shots and one 3-pointer.
Equity Bank beat Kenyatta University Pirates 67-45 with 24 points coming off the arc. Fred Lugasi scored highest with 16 points while Paul Nyakinda and Brian Obimbo scored 10 each. Pirates had 12 points from the arc and Jackton Agunda top scored with 19 points; one 3-point shot, eight free shots and four baskets.
KBF Weekend Results
Saturday: Little Prince 43 Trailblazers 44, Umoja 20 Mennonite 0, Thunder 60 Strathmore University 44, Nairobi Aviation College 45 KU Pirates 65, Barclays Bank 66 Don Bosco 53, Blazers 46 Parklands Baptist 42, 4-Christ 67 World Hope 74, Masaku Sparks 83 Mennonite 0; Sunday: Equity Bank 56 KCA-U 17, Strathmore Swords 75 Mennonite 9, KU Pirates 45 Equity Bank 67, USIU-A 85 KU Oryx 38, 4-Christ 47 Little Prince 39, KCA-U 62 Blazers 48, Co-op Bank 36 Masaku Sparks 70, Blades 70 Terror 46.